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MLB Close To New Labor Deal

At least one sports league won't be going on strike anytime soon. Major League Baseball is close on agreeing to a new labor deal. The new labor deal will pave the way to having two 15 team leagues and expanding the playoff field from eight to ten teams. Also, coming in the near future is year round interleague play. Changes in free agency will be made, too. They have agreed...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 15, 2011  |  Discuss

Pujols Begins a New Era in Anaheim

Throughout Albert Pujol's free agency, the Angels were never in the conversation. Then again, so much goes on behind closed doors that the media and general public doesn't know about until it happens.That's what the winter meetings are for and is likely where this deal got started. His mega deal with the Angels worth 254 Million is second only to Alex Rodriquez's...
Via VottoMatic
December 10, 2011  |  Discuss

Short History of the Baseball Bat

The past 150 years have seen many significant changes to the baseball bat, and the design of the bat continues to evolve. The history of baseball bats dates back to the 1800s. During this period, baseball was in its infancy, and players made their own bats from wood, without any specific shape or size; players experimented with long, short, flat, and heavy bats, and they eventually...
Via Sportz Junkie
January 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Proctor’s 2011 stint reveals grace, determination

Baseball is chock-full of redemption stories. You want a feel-good story to take the Steroid Era taste out of your mouth and erase the image of Joe Maddon’s hair? You got it. Zach Greinke overcoming severe social anxiety to win a Cy Young? Check. Cliff Lee transforming himself into an elite pitcher after wallowing in mediocrity for years? Bingo. Rick Ankiel reinventing himself...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees finally get the Montero off their back

In the interest of full disclosure, and because I want us to have an open, honest,  blogger-reader relationship, I should probably let you know that I’m not an Jesus Montero fan. I know, I know, he was practically the second coming of you-know-who, the best hitter to come through the Yankees’ system since Bernie, a pure power hitter who would only get stronger, etc, etc, ad...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Suggested MLB resolutions aim to improve game, players, ugly uniforms

Okay, baseball. You’ve been really well-behaved these past few years. You’ve given us parity. You’ve given us one-game playoffs. You’ve given us a merciful reprieve from Joe Morgan. But I think you and I both know that there’s significant room for improvement. Now, I’ve taken the liberty of drawing up a list of resolutions for you to ponder in the coming year, and it...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Et Yu, Darvish?

With the six-year, $60 million signing of RHP Yu Darvish Wednesday afternoon, the Texas Rangers have become the latest in a long line of Major League teams to be seduced by a Japanese superstar.  More expensive, though with fewer potential human rights violations, the Darvish signing proves that the Asian baseball market is still as desirable as the one south of the border. In making...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The Language of Baseball

Note: This is what happens when an English professor baseball fan raises a little girl. As a language full of idiosyncrasies and idioms, English is also terribly charming; with playful expressions, figures of speech, and quirky word sounds, it can be as rewarding for the logophile as it is challenging for the unfamiliar. Part of its charm is the way words and phrases tend to cross...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

National Spotlight, Local Flavor: Frontier Field

National Spotlight,  Local Flavor is a new feature on Southpaw Yakker designed to highlight minor league legends, ballparks, and traditions. Let me know if your hometown has any favorites you think are noteworthy!  I’m extremely proud to be from the great city of Rochester, New York. Besides our nationally-renowned museums, art galleries, and theater, Rochester boasts excellent...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Injuries, bad luck, led to Ohlendorf’s decline

Ross Ohlendorf has never been anyone’s bargaining chip. When the Yankees unloaded Randy Johnson in 2006, grateful to get his attitude and slipping skills off their hands, they were essentially forced to take whatever the Diamondbacks were willing to give them. What they got was a package of maybe-prospects and mediocre middle relief. Among the unproven, thrown in between a promising...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Posada’s legacy is his gutty heart, gritty play

The first time Jorge Posada set foot on Yankee Stadium grass, there were questions as to whether Major League Baseball as an entity would survive, let alone a goofy-eared, converted-infielder’s catching career.  Seventeen years later, attendance and broadcasting numbers climb every year and a beloved Yankee catcher with five rings and Hall of Fame credentials has exited the game...
Via Southpaw Yakker
January 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The next Mark McGwire in the making?

This looks like a junior baseball scandal in the making.
Via Morning Bytes
April 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Baseball Commissioner Angry at NY Mets

September 14, 2011   Major League Baseball is making headlines today and not for the reasons they want. The 10th anniversary of September 11th just passed and whether you lost someone that tragic day or not we were certainly all effected. The NY Mets, who played one of the most memorable games against the Atlanta Braves shortly after 9/11, wanted to remember the fallen police...
Via Delon's Report
May 05, 2012  |  Discuss

NH Youth Baseball Coach Arrested On Child Molestation Charges

A Manchester, New Hampshire baseball coach was arrested in Concord, New Hampshire on child molestation charges. Robert Joubert, 58, runs the Seacoast Baseball Academy in York, Maine and has been since 2008. He also coaches youth baseball and hockey the past 15 years. Concord police arrested Joubert as he was leaving the state. Police have not identified any victims from the...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Pitcher Throws No-Hitter, Team Commits Six Errors

The Can-Am League's Newark Bears' Mike Ness threw the first no-no in the Can-Am League since 2008. However, it wasn't pretty. The Newark Bears defense behind Ness was absolutely dreadful. The Bears committed six errors and forcing the Bears ace to throw 123 pitches. He struck out eight and only walked one batter as the Bears beat the Quebec Capitales, 3-0. "...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Second Half Predictions

Redsox will get the Wild Card spot! With Ellsbury back and hopefully fully healthy and will be able to see him back in the lineup for the remainder of the season that is another .300 average, 13+ homeruns (give or take) and probably around 25+ stolen bases which the redsox have been lacking so far. Also Carl Crawford will be back and with the same expectations of last year and if...
Via Boston Dan Blog
July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Roberto Hernandez, aka Fausto Carmona, Given Three Birthday Cakes

On Sunday, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona returned to the Cleveland Indians clubhouse and was welcomed with terrific prank. Roberto Hernandez, aka Fausto Carmona, was given three birthday cakes, one for each year he missed, and a name plate on his locker that read "No Name", which are for new players. Hernandez was arrested in January in his home country...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Coles Hamels, Phillies Agree to Huge Extension

Cole Hamels and the Philadlephia Phillies have agreed to a six year, $144 million extension, according to sources. The deal will be made official later today. Hamels new deal will be the second largest given to a starting pitcher, only CC Sabathia's seven year, $161 million deal trumps Hamels' new contract. Hamels was assured by the Phillies that by signing the contract...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez Hilariously Touches Them All

During the Milwaukee Brewers-Philadelphia Phillies game yesterday afternoon, Carlos Gomez was at the plate in the first against the Phillies' Vance Worley. Gomez hit a ball deep to left and Gomez rounded to bases to give the Brew Crew a 1-0 lead. Except for one minor detail. The ball was foul. That didn't stop Gomez as he continued to round the bases thinking he had just...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Kirk Gibson's Bobblehead Giveaway Should Have Been Thought Through More

The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to make a bobblehead to commemorate Kirk Gibson's efforts with the Dodgers and his never quit attitude. Now what's interesting with this bobblehead is that is actually a bobble arm mimicking his now famous trot around the bases after his walk off homer during the 1988 World Series. Seems like a good idea and a cool thing to get, but...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Announcer Says Racist Remark During Game

Cleveland Indians television analyst Rick Manning may want to think the next time he tries to make a clever remark. Shin-Soo Choo hit a double last night of the center field wall that barely missed leaving the park and Manning comes up with this gem. I wouldn't have expected anything less from the team that still has Chief Wahoo as its mascot. First of all, he got the...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 26, 2012  |  3 Comments

Pirates' Starling Marte Homers on First Big League Pitch

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been waiting to see top prospect Starling Marte in action. Last night, he didn't disappoint. The young Dominican outfielder homered on the first pitch he ever saw in the Majors. He took a Dallas Keuchel cutter into the left-center field seats. Your browser does not support iframes. Marte knew something special was going to happen in his at bat...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Sox Players Gather Around Francona in Clubhouse

Before the Red Sox played the Yankees this afternoon, former Red Sox skipper and current ESPN analyst Terry Francona chatted with his former players. Francona sat next to Dustin Pedroia and Cody Ross and they started chatting. Then more and more Sox players started to join the trio. Eventually Nick Punto, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, and bench coach Tim...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Phillies Dump Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino

The Philadelphia Phillies disappointing season continues as the team have now traded two of their starting outfielders ahead of the 4PM trade deadline today. The Phillies made two separate moves today involving Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. Philadelphia traded Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for Nate Schierholtz and two others. Nate Schierholtz had just recently...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan Sweeney Out Eight Weeks After Punching Door

According to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney is expected to miss eight weeks after punching a door during last night's win against the Detroit Tigers. Sweeney punched the door after Omar Infante robbed him of a base hit in the eighth inning. “I just came down, walked down the stairs, and kind of punched the door a little bit,’’...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 31, 2012  |  Discuss
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